Jed Holloway returns to Waratahs on two-year deal

Thu, 22/07/2021, 03:30 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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The NSW Waratahs have confirmed versatile forward Jed Holloway will return to the club in 2022.

Holloway left in 2020 for Japan as he followed captain Michael Hooper to Toyota Verblitz.

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The 28-year-old, who has played 58 games for the club, was thrilled to return home on a two-year deal under new coach Darren Coleman.

“Ever since I started playing rugby, I wanted to be a Waratah. The team gave me a huge opportunity 10 years ago, and I’m extremely grateful that they are willing to take another chance on me now,” Holloway said in a statement.

“I think both the Waratahs and myself have a lot to prove next year, but I believe we have all the pieces to make it happen. I learned a lot from some great people in Japan, and I’m excited to join the team and start putting that together.

“DC (Darren Coleman) has nothing but success on his record, he is a proven culture builder. To see what he has built at the Giltinis and to hear the hype he has brought to rugby in America in one year is amazing. I have no doubt he can do the same at the Waratahs next year.”

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The excitement was shared by CEO Paul Doorn, who was confident Holloway would play an integral role in the squad following the departure of Jack Dempsey.

“Jed’s a versatile forward who carries the ball strongly and has a good work rate in defence, and from all accounts has matured incredibly during his time in Japan”, Doorn said.

“He’s come through our development pathways so it’s great that Jed has decided to come home.

“The experience he has gained playing abroad will be invaluable and we expect he will have a strong presence around our young forwards.”

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